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January 21, 2007

24 in statistics

  • 114 – The number of people Jack Bauer has killed in five somewhat intense days. That’s an average of 22.8 people each day.
  • 5 – The number of girlfriends Jack has had during 24 (not including his wife Teri). Luckily for Jack only two of them have died because of him, the other three simply chose to get out while the going was good.
  • 6 – People who probably regret knowing Jack Bauer: his wife Teri who died in his arms at the end of Day 1 after being shot by spy Nina Myers (who was also Jack’s lover); his boss George Mason who ended up on a suicide mission flying a plane with a nuclear bomb on it into a canyon at the end of Day 2 having told Jack to parachute out; his partner Chase Edmunds whose hand Jack was forced to chop off during Day 3; his former lover Claudia Salazar who was shot while trying to help Chase escape on day 3; Paul Raines, Jack’s girlfriend Audrey’s estranged husband (yes, it was a bit complicated) who saved Jack from death and was rewarded by being left to die on a hospital table while Jack saved a Chinese dissident on Day 4; his close friend former President David Palmer, assassinated at the beginning of Day 5 just because he knew Jack was still alive.
  • 4 – The number of Presidents America has had on 24 – because no one is safe, not even the Leader of the Free World: President David Palmer, series 1-3, who resigned and was later assassinated; President John Keeler. series 4, last heard of in a coma after Air Force One was shot down, presumed dead; Presidnet Charles Logan, series 4-5, exposed as an evil mastermind who had Palmer assassinated and was subsequently arrested; and President Wayne Palmer, series 6 who doesn’t yet know what he’s let himself in for.
  • 1 – The number of weak spots Jack Bauer has. He can withstand torture, near death, being ordered to shoot an innocent man and even the death of his wife; just don’t talk about his estranged daughter, kidnap magnet and rash descision maker, Kim Bauer.
  • 10 – The number of minutes it apparently takes to cross Los Angeles if you are a member of America’s Counter Terrorist Unit.

The Observer Review – Sunday, 21.01.2007 – Article by Sarah Hughes

Number one with a bullet – Sarah Hughes


January 11, 2007

Torchwood

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Title:
Torchwood
Rating:
5 out of 5 stars

Wow. The series was amazing.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when the series first started. I knew it was written by the legend that is Russel T Davies, so knew it would be something to try, but his description of a grown up Doctor Who isn’t far off! In fact there will be crossover in the next series of Doctor Who, which will be interesting to see.

That isn’t where the overlap stops – there are other things peppered through the series to watch out for. Like the monster in episode 13, and it’s similarities to the monster from the Doctor Who episode, the Satan Pit. The storylines are most excellent, and to a certian extent keep you asking questions, and making links where links shouldn’t ought to be made… ...and the more you try to think about Jack’s travels in time, the more confusing it gets!

Can’t wait for the next series, but I am also holding out for a complete series boxed set, which should hopefully work out cheaper than the three part box sets being released over the next few months!


October 08, 2006

BBC's Robin Hood

Writing about web page http://www.bbc.co.uk/robinhood

TV image
Title:
Robin Hood
Rating:
2 out of 5 stars

I was really disappointed with this programme. I did build it up in my head, but then it had been hyped and advertised by the BBC so much, that it was going to be great. Unfortunately, I don’t think it cuts the mustard.

When it started, it had an air of the BBC’s Casanova about it (although not a hint of Russell T. Davies humour,) but this was quickly determined not to be the case, shortly after the credits. The whole thing was unbelievable, and if you know the story, you could see the whole set up coming. Conveniently those sentenced to hang are members of Robin’s band of merry men, Alan A Dale & Will Scarlet, and then you have Much who he starts out with, oh, and what is this at the end – why it’s Little John of course! Oh dear oh dear oh dear.

Whilst the sets are spectacular, and the archery amazing, the plot leaves little to the imagination. The only way for this show is up surely (it can’t go down – can it?), and I am highly likely to watch the rest of the series, not because it’s compulsive viewing, but due to a lack of anything else to watch on telly.


September 18, 2006

[spooks]

TV image
Title:
[spooks]
Rating:
5 out of 5 stars

Wow, what a brilliant start to the new series.

The story was fantastic, very sensational, and slightly scary in a “could that really happen? Maybe it could!” kind of way. I admit I only saw fifteen minutes of the first episode due to a power cut (I was mighty pissed off), but what I did see was excellent. The new woman Ros looks like a toughie, which is just what Adam needs, someone to challenge him. Was the killing of Colin really necessary though?

The second part (which I saw all of!) was FANTASTIC – the start with the plane collision imminent really got the nerves going, as I sat on the edge of the sofa chewing my nails and flinching with every punch in the fight between Zaf and the evil MI6 guy. (Who, it is nice to note, Zaf knee caps with a baseball bat at the end of the episode!) I was slightly disappointed with the lack of punishment for the traitors, and poor Juliet is now slightly crippled – which is a shame because I secretly like her as a character, she might be a “ruthless right-wing crazy who’ll stop at nothing” as Harry put it, but she’s the one you love to hate!

On a sad note, I found out that my favourite character (Ruth) is leaving this series (Nicola Walker became pregnant during filming), so I hope for once they let someone go without a struggle – maybe she should just be sent back to GCHQ. PLEASE Don’t Kill her off!


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